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On 28 February, Aoife and Niamh welcomed the arrival of their little sister, Ciara Scarlett Goldsmith. True to form Ciara followed in her big sisters’ footsteps tipping the scales at a healthy 9lb 10oz. Ciara is the third girl for Mum, Letitia, and Dad, Shannon. Dad reckons he has seen the writing on the wall and has decided to hang his boots up.

Proud big sisters Niamh and Aoife with Ciara Goldsmith.

Proud big sisters Niamh and Aoife with Ciara Goldsmith.


John Broughton has been appointed to the Otago Museum Trust Board. John’s professional background, experience and skill will serve us all well for our future developments. Jane Graveson and Koa Whitau Kean represent Moeraki on the Māori Advisory Kōmiti for both the Otago Museum and Toitū Otago Setters Museum. in Dunedin. Nā Koa Whitau-Kean.

Mana Wahine

The Mana Wahine steering kōmiti and staff are planning a Wāhine Gallery in collaboration with the Otago Museum Māori Advisory, to acknowledge and celebrate the social history of our past and current wahine.

The gallery is due to open on 28 November 2015 and the kōmiti is requesting that artists submit their ideas of our creation story in artform, reflecting Hine Te Iwaiwa, the goddess of childbirth and weaving or the story of Rukutia.

Ranui Ngarimu and Ruka Cameron have offered their wonderful collections and I have spoken with a contact from Aunty Flo’s whānau. Do you want to exhibit your traditional kākahu? Our intention is to highlight our past tāua and current wāhine with photos that you may want to contribute with a brief explanation of where it was taken, with an approximate date and who is in the photo. This may be a colonial portrait of tāua in her finery or traditional wear, or at a special occasion – a wedding, a 21st, a hui, or out harvesting kai or the opening of a church.

Photos from Te Kerēme would also be welcomed, along with wāhine at Tribunal sittings and early intermarriage whānau photos. I will also do some research at the Hocken Library and Dunedin Public Library

We’re also keen to find leadership wahine – the past and current leaders in their field – politics, education, nursing, midwifery, the arts, authors, waiata, kapa haka, broadcasting, radio television, law, fashion, design, story tellers, weavers, mahinga kai, historical place names and any aspects of health.

The kākahu event provides the opportunity for you to model your whānau kākahu – either traditional or contemporary in natural fibre. This includes our tāne. I am aware there are some fine examples of other types of natural fibre articles too.

The programme will also offer the opportunity for our musicians, singers, performer and kapa haka teams to participate and we will welcome any form of dance expression including highland dancers, Polynesian or any ethnic group. It’s over to you whānau, to let us know what you want to present. We need your submission now, please. Nā Koa Whitau Kean, Exhibition Developer.

You can contact me at Moeraki, RD 2, Palmerston 9482 or by phoning 03 439 4746 or 027 354 6761; email [email protected]